Lake Martin


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Leaders to hold discussion on Amendment 2 today at Wind Creek

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/25/2016 5:31:00 AM

A question and answer session regarding a constitutional amendment that could impact the future of Alabama State Parks will be held today at Wind Creek State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Partners

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Record low water levels hurt business on Tallapoosa River

The Anniston Star

Date: 10/24/2016 11:14:00 PM

HEFLIN — Just off Alabama 46, down a hill and past a small building topped with a canoe, the Tallapoosa River’s bed is flowing between rocks and sandbars usually hidden by its water. A drought has ushered in record-low flows on the river and made it

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Alabama Humanities Award goes to Ben and Luanne Russell

Date: 10/24/2016 3:12:00 PM

"It doubled or tripled our appreciation for that organization." Ben and Luanne also founded Children's Harbor in 1990, a 66-acre campus on Lake Martin that hosts camps for Children's of Alabama patients and their families. In 2001, they opened Children's

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Horseshoe Bend's Matthew Wilson earns national honor for leadership

Alabama High School Sports

Date: 10/24/2016 12:04:00 PM

He’s also a part of Junior Leadership Lake Martin, which spends one year learning about leadership and creating a capstone project. Wilson is also the president of Horseshoe Bend's chapter of the National FFA Organization, a group which teaches and

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Mrs. Rachel Lindsey Kolmetz

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/24/2016 9:46:00 AM

Memorial Service for Mrs. Rachel Lindsey Kolmetz, 83, of Alexander City, Alabama, will be at Live Oak Baptist Church in Vernon, Florida, on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Bro. Tim Lathan will officiate. Mrs. Kolmetz passed away on Sunday, October 23

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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